• One for the Road – “Stranger”

    Stranger.  Acquaintance.  Friend.  These words describe how people relate to Jesus.   Stranger.  There is no knowledge of Jesus.  They have never heard about Him.  He’s a stranger.   Acquaintance.  These people know about Him.  They may even go to church.  There is no shortage of opportunity to know Him.  But…He remains only an acquaintance.   Friend.  These are those who know Jesus in a personal […]

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  • One for the Road – “Kicking Against the Goads”

    Kicking against the goads.  That’s a struggle to be avoided.   A goad is a sharp stick…used to prod animals.  It’s sharp – pointed – and designed to inflict pain.   The word picture is powerful.   Saul of Tarsus was confronted by Jesus with these very words: “It is hard for you to kick against the […]

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  • One for the Road – “No Thanks”

    No thanks.  That’s a polite response…when denying an offer.   You decide not to make the purchase…or in some way express your refusal.   But…for some people these two words describe their ingratitude – there is no thanks.   In sharp contrast are the words of Paul:  “In every thing give thanks; for this is the will […]

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  • One for the Road – “Dark Secrets”

    Dark secrets.  They will steal your joy…and destroy your effectiveness.   It might be an indiscretion from years ago…or an addiction…or an unclean habit.   The Bible reminds us that what is hidden …is well-known to God.  And…in the end…all that is now secret will be exposed.   Thankfully…you need not live one moment longer with a […]

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  • One for the Road – “Forbidden Fruit.”

    Forbidden fruit.  When people eat it…death is at the door.But…what is it?  It’s anything unlawful…that stimulates human cravings.   It might be the quest for power…an inordinate appetite for food…the lust for illicit sexual gratification…or any wrong attraction.  Forbidden fruit comes in many varieties.   God said to Adam and Eve: “…You must not eat from the tree […]

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  • One for the Road – “Capacity”

    Capacity.  That’s an important measurement.   Containers have capacity…as do elevators – airplanes – trains…to name a few.   But…here’s the question.  What is your capacity?   To forgive.  Do you stand ready always to dismiss offenses?  Or…do you hang on to wrongs?   To love.  Are you protective of your rights?  Or…do you think […]

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  • One for the Road – “We are the Clay”

    When the clay forms the Potter.  That’s when man forms God into his own image.   This is idolatry at its worst.   Here are some examples.   The God of accommodation…when people imagine a God who adjusts his requirements to fit their desires.   The God of convenience…when people give God the time and […]

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  • One for the Road – “Stain Resistors”

    Stain resistors.  They’re used to prevent soiling.   How about your soul?   Remember Lot?  “…that righteous man…was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard…”  So it was in Sodom and Gomorrah.   And…so it is with you.   The mockery of righteousness.  The ridicule of divine authority. And…the blasphemy […]

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  • One for the Road – “Downward Spiral”

    Sometimes…things spin out of control.   What starts as an insignificant difference of opinion…escalates into an all-out battle.   And people get hurt.   This downward spiral is illustrated in Samson’s statement: “I merely did to them what they did to me.”   Back and forth…each argument more heated than the former.   What is […]

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  • One for the Road – “Nominalist”

    Nominalist.  A person who claims a name…but doesn’t live up to it.   An example would be people who identify themselves as Christians…but have little passion for righteousness.   Their devotion is nominal…at best.   Here’s a challenge.  Use a graph to indicate the highs and lows of your devotion to Christ – from your […]

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